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Robert Kipniss
Easel and Tree with Moon

1996

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A hazy full moon casts a glow on bare trees juxtaposed against an artist's easel. This mezzotint by Robert Kipniss is referenced as GO56 in the Kipniss Catalogue Raissone and is signed, titled and editioned in pencil #30 of 60. Robert Kipniss was born in New York City in 1931. His love of art was quickly fostered and nurtured, in large part due to his parents, both of whom were artists. He began honing his craft at New York City's acclaimed Art Students League in 1947. During his college years, Kipniss wavered between focusing his attention on an education in literature and one in fine art. He earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Iowa in 1952, and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Art History from the same school in 1954. Kipniss' first recognition from the art community came before he finished his studies; in 1951 he won an art competition in New York City that earned him his first one-person exhibition in the same city. Numerous solo shows followed throughout the United States and beyond. In the 1960s he began creating graphic works, producing numerous drypoints, lithographs and intaglio works, mezzotints in particular. The subjects of Kipniss' work include austere limbs of trees in autumn and winter; spare, modest houses with simple shapes; a rolling countryside dotted with the occasional home, tree or shrub; and shadowy interior scenes. Though the homes, furniture, and various items that typically adorn a domicile hint at the presence of human life, Kipniss' works are devoid of people. They artfully explore the effects of light and shadow in muted tones, often in shades of white, gray, pale yellow and dusty green. Though at face value they may appear to explore the simple subjects they feature, Kipniss strives to capture something deeper. “If someone looks at my paintings and sees only trees and houses, then they don’t see what I’m doing,” Kipniss has said. “I may be painting trees and houses, but when I look at them, that’s not what I see. I see an atmosphere, a moment, a quickly passing experience that I’m trying to capture. My art is of intensity, of delving, of exploring the soul.” Kipniss' works have received numerous awards, including the National Academy of Design in New York City's Ralphi Fabri Prize in 1976; the Charles M. Lea Prize from the Print Club of Philadelphia in 1978; the Society of American Graphic Artists Printmaking Award in 1979; the Audubon Artists of New York City's Silver Medal in 1980 and Medal of Honor in 1983; a Certificate of Merit from the National Academy of Design in New York City in 1997; and the Boston Printmakers' Rembrandt Graphics Award in 1999. Numerous books have been published about the artist. Recent publications include "Robert Kipniss: Intaglios, 1982-2004" by Trudie A. Grace and Thomas Piche, Jr. (Manchester, VT: Hudson Hills Press, 2004); "Seen in Solitude: Robert Kipniss Prints From the James F. White Collection" by Daniel Piersol (New Orleans, LA: New Orleans Museum of Art, 2005); and "Robert Kipniss: Paintings 1950-2005" by Richard J. Boyle (Manchester, VT: Hudson Hills Press, 2007). Many museums exhibit Kipniss' work in their permanent collections, including the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; the Chicago Art Institute; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas; the British Museum in London, England; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the New Orleans Museum of Art. His exhibit, “Seen in Solitude: Robert Kipniss Prints from the James F. White Collection,” was slated to open in January 2006 at the New Orleans Museum of Art, but the museum's doors closed temporarily due to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. When the museum reopened in March 2006, the revamped Kipniss show was its inaugural exhibit. Kipniss' work is also collected by private art lovers around the world.

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